Coronavirus Protection and Prevention

The easiest way to protect against the Coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, is to be proactive with prevention by improving your immune system. Almost all deaths in the coronavirus epidemic have been for individuals above the age of 50. This is an unusual pattern; most viral epidemics have a bell curve where the majority of deaths occur in the very young and the very old. An exception would be the Norovirus H1N1 where the majority of deaths occurred in the population aged 20-49.  Children have been sick with the coronavirus but at this time no deaths have occurred in the young.  Although the viral symptoms are miserable and would naturally want to be avoided, this prevention is particularly important for mature adults.

The most powerful prevention for any viral infection is a healthy diet which includes fruits and vegetables and is mostly free of processed, refined foods and sugar.  It can be termed the 90% diet where most of the foods consumed are organic and healthy and in their most natural and unprocessed state. The remaining 10% for a non-immune system compromised individual can be junk food. This category would include all ground flours and products using them, fried food, sugar of any kind, and chips. In addition, a good multi-vitamin supplement should be considered a vital aspect of any diet. We live in an age of denatured and demineralized soil due to commercial farming practices and good nutrition without a supplement is unlikely.

The second most powerful preventative is restful sleep. This is sleep in a darkened room free of electronics of any kind including a cell phone, TV, or game system. The sleep period should be a minimum of 7.5 hours for adults, 9.5 hours for growing children, and should coincide with your natural circadian rhythm. This personal circadian rhythm can be a bit difficult to determine, as Michael Breus outlines is his book, The Power of When. To summarize: if you are constantly staying up late and waking late this is your natural rhythm and don’t fight it. If you regularly wake at 5am it may not be sleep dysfunction. Try an earlier bedtime and determine if this sleep cycle works for you. Individuals older than age 50 usually benefit from a time-release small dose melatonin supplement, such as this one by Natrol.

The third most powerful preventative is exercise. Moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day is a physical requirement to keep the immune system healthy. You can get that exercise by cleaning the house vigorously or by walking; you don’t necessarily need a gym. Older adults over 50 will find that adding weights to their daily exercise regime will increase their muscle mass and raise their metabolism.  Over training taxes the immune system and makes an individual more susceptible to infection.

The fourth most important preventative is avoiding stress. Stress and anxiety will take the immune system down faster than poor diet, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise combined. The most common reaction to stress is an increased susceptibility to viral respiratory infections. Most infections take place when the adrenal system is depleted or exhausted. Our primal brain fight/flight/freeze response doesn’t synchronize well with the modern stresses of pollution, traffic, dysfunctional work environments, negative messages, and loneliness. The primate brain has no coping mechanism and often falls back into an addiction cycle (caffeine, alcohol, exercise, stress, sugar, overeating, drugs, gambling, and sex) where “if a little is good them more must be better”. This cycle further depletes the adrenal system until illness is inevitable.

Supplements for flu/Coronavirus Protection

Have you ever wondered why the flu season is usually in the winter months? It has been proven that damp and cold environments do not contribute to viral infections (with the exception of stress tests in cold environments).  The answer is that Vitamins A , D and C are your body’s first line of defense for respiratory infections. People enjoy more sunshine and consume more fruits and vegetables in the summer. By December in the Northern hemisphere the body has depleted its’ fat stored vitamin A and D and consuming little vitamin C, and so the stage is set for flu season. To add insult to injury, most supplements for Vitamin D are ineffective and the standard dose for Vitamin A is set too low (it can be toxic in doses over 40,000i.u. daily). You simply do not need to take supplements for A and D for most of the year if your diet is healthy and you spend an hour a day outdoors. When you do supplement, in November-April, the supplements should be high quality and at relatively high doses. Vitamin C should be taken to bowel tolerance, which varies from person to person and from day to day according to your stress levels. Too much vitamin C causes loose fecal stools; finding the vitamin dose right before this is termed bowel tolerance. In a healthy adult that dose is usually 3000mg. but stress and illness can cause that requirement to rise dramatically and even double or triple.

One of the most frequent conditions in otherwise healthy older individuals is chronic  low-level malnutrition. This is because as we age our stomach produces less acid. Many older people are simply not digesting their food fully. Without sufficient stomach acid the minerals in food are not released for absorption. A demineralized body often creates more esophageal acid in an attempt to claim nutrients from food. When anti-acid medications are taken, the digestive system is further compromised. Often, the first sign of low stomach acid is an increased incidence of food poisoning.  The most dramatic positive change in a person’s health over 60 is easily achieved by supplementing digestive acid with every meal. Colloidal minerals in the form of Evian water daily or by liquid colloidal mineral supplementation daily and a good calcium supplement taken with meals can reverse a demineralized condition in as little as 6 weeks.

Stress can be somewhat mitigated with several supplements. The key to stress is managing the cortisol production in your body, and Schisandra root, Aswaganda root, Relora ( a combination of Phellodendron and Magnolia) can all dramatically reduce cortisol levels. The key is knowing your stress patterns.  Relora is good for daily stress, especially in older adults and is most effective taken at “coffee break” times, 10AM and 3PM or before a high tension commute or meeting. It is a known supplement for weight loss for stubborn post-menopausal post- andropausal abdominal fat. If sleep patterns are affected by stress then Cortisol Manager with Ashwaganda will gradually help restore the sleep pattern. If stress has caused daily fatigue then the adrenal support properties of Schisandra root will support and restore adrenal function. It’s not uncommon to use all three products for a high stress situation. For stress caused colds and flu the best preventative is broken Lactobacillus rhamnosus found in products such as Del Immune V. It’s a unique cell wall that has been proven to boost the immune system.

(The following doses are suggestions for adults only. These dosages are not recommended for children or for individuals under a doctor’s supervision for specific illnesses. Please review ingredients for your own known allergies)

A daily multi-vitamin supplement (one to try: Integrative Therapeutics multivitamin, iron free for older adults, with iron for pre-menopausal women)  

Vitamin D3, 5000 mg. daily in winter months  (one to try, Naturewise D3, 5000mg.)

Vitamin A , 1 daily in winter months (one to try: Pure Encapsulations Vitamin A 10,000 i.u.)

Vitamin C to bowel tolerance (one to try: Viva Vitamin C 1000mg capsules)

Acid for food digestion taken before each meal (one to try: Integrative Therapeutics Panplex 2-phase)

Colloidal minerals (one to try: Vital Earth Minerals)

Del-Immune V (Amazon)

Cortisol Manager (Integrative Therapeutics)

Schisandra Adrenal Formula  (Planetary Herbals)